Educational services' preparedness for the coronavirus

On this site, you will find details of the policies and measures that have been introduced for schools in Jyväskylä to prevent the spread of coronavirus. They will shape how our local schools operate in the 2020/21 academic year. The site will be updated as new information becomes available.

Updated on 28 August 2020

General guidelines for teaching arrangements

  • Only the healthy attend school.
  • Teaching will be organized in accordance with normal scheduling and lesson plans. 
  • The teaching groups in years one through six will be kept separate and out of contact with one another as far as is practicable. Teaching groups in arts and physical education as well as electives may be mixed.
  • Pupils in years seven through nine will study as normal according to their schedules.   
  • School transportation will be arranged as normal, observing general hygienic practices.
  • After-school activities will be organized by school staff and Jälkkäri supervisors.
  • The TET working life introduction period will take place, with safety concerns taken into account.
  • Pupils will not be obliged to wear masks on any bus trips to swimming pools or cultural destinations. In the bus, safe distancing will be observed and group separation maintained. 
  • Until further notice, no school camps will take place, nor will international exchange programs operate.
  • All student athletics meets planned for the autumn period in Jyväskylä are cancelled.
  • The access of non-staff, non-pupil persons to schools will continue to be restricted. Meetings with parents will preferably be conducted remotely.
  • Jälkkäri, the basic education before- and after-school activities, will take place normally in pre-arranged small groups.
  • The midday snack will be had in a staggered fashion, one small group at a time.
  • The Jälkkäri day will encompass as much outdoor activities as possible in the schoolyard and the immediate environs. 

Instructions for pupil absences

  • A pupil who has been sick may return to school after two days without symptoms.
  • A pupil with a negative coronavirus test result may return to school if their symptoms are obviously subsiding.
  • If a pupil has taken a coronavirus test and is awaiting a result,  they may return to school after two days with no symptoms even if the result has not yet been returned.
  • A pupil with no symptoms may attend school even if a family member is exhibiting symptoms that may be consistent with the coronavirus. A quarantine will be observed only in the event of a positive test result in the family.
  • The school cannot require pupils to get tested, but can and does require sick pupils to not attend school. 
  • Allergic symptoms: If a pupil’s symptoms are alleviated after starting allergy medication, they may return to school. If the medication has not had an effect, the pupil should get tested and not attend school.
  • If a child has infection-related asthma, with continuing nasal congestion despite medication, and they have tested negative for the coronavirus, they may attend school as long as medication has alleviated their symptoms.
  • If a pupil has travelled abroad in an at-risk country as listed by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, they should observe a two-week voluntary quarantine. This quarantine must be observed even if they have returned through another country that’s classified safe. 

Pupil welfare services

  • School social workers and psychologists can be reached by phone on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am to 11 am. They will endeavour to answer the phone at other times if possible. 
  • In-person meetings can only be conducted when healthy, and meetings will observe safe distancing and good hygienic practices. If a client has respiratory symptoms, even mild ones, the meeting will be conducted remotely.
  • Family meetings, network meetings and other multidisciplinary meetings organized by schools can be held at the school premises as long as safety concerns are taken into account, or over remote connections as necessary.